Tis the Season for Crafting!

November 18, 2022

Holiday Crafts For Kids From Columbia Art Center

If you ask Columbia Art Center Director Liz Henzey, tis the season for some home arts & crafts family fun! She’s been kind enough to share several holiday-themed art activities that are sure to spark your holiday spirit and provide fun for all ages.


Tealight Snowman Ornaments

(Liz says these are ideal for home decorating and gift giving)


  • Black construction paper
  • Black permanent marker
  • Pair of Scissors
  • 10 Tealights
  • Both thin and thick red ribbon
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Multicolored pom poms
  • Glue dots
  • Glue stick


How to:

  • Cut five black snowman hats out of black construction paper. 
  • Glue some thin red ribbon to the hats between the rim and the top.
  • With the permanent marker, draw eyes and a dotted smile around the light of the tealight to create a snowman face.
  • Using glue dots, glue the hats onto the heads of five of the snowmen.
  • Using the glue dots, attach pom poms to the sides of the heads of the five other snowmen faces.
  • Glue pieces of pipe cleaner between the pompoms to create an earmuff line on the top of each snowman’s head.
  • Glue some of the thick ribbon bow ties and scarves to the bottom of the snowmen’s heads.
  • Glue some thin ribbon to the back of each tealight at the top of the snowmen’s heads.
  • Hang up the tealight snowmen  and turn on their lights so the noses of the snowmen glow.
  • Display at home or give as gifts!


Handprint Bird Painting

(Liz loves this one for home display, gift gifting or transforming into a holiday greeting card)


  • Construction paper
  • Paintbrushes
  • White, Orange, Black, Brown, Red, Blue Paints


How to:

  • Each family member should cover a hand with blue or red paint and evenly place handprints across a sheet of construction paper.
  • Using the brown paint and a brush, create strokes that are branches on which the birds can perch.  
  • Using the black paint and brush, create a mask around the faces of the birds and their feet.
  • Use the orange paint and brush, create a beak on the thumb of the handprint.
  • Using the white paint and a brush, add snow to the branches and a few dots of falling snow to the paper to create a winter scene.
  • Add a dot of white paint to each of the bird’s masks to create eyes.
  • Display or frame or give as a card. 



Need a last minute gift idea? Liz concocted a dream art supply kit based on Liz’s recommendations in this blog post (click here)


For more tips, check out the CA Parents’ Corner blog.

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